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General Discussion / Re: Scribus workflow for PDF and ePub Output
« Last post by Jim on Today at 05:39:15 am »
Hi Dragonfly,

It took a while to read but your commentary in the post at http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,3042.0.html was excellent.

One thing. I installed Pandocs and tried running a conversion from ODT to HTML. The only items it recognized were bold, italics, Hn tags, paragraphs and lists. Styling, fonts, underlines, and alignments were lost in the translation to HTML. Did not try other content types. Nor have I  tried a conversion of ODT to PDF.  Perhaps coding the source in markdown provides a fuller suite of functionality. The thing is that I would rather not have to maintain two versions of my book: one for Scribus-PDF and another that would be used to produce an ePub look-alike.

I may give Calibre a try at this as I've used it before to convert back and forth between PDFs and ebook formats.

I really wanted to be able to fully produce my book using only Scribus but it appears that such a thing won't be possible.


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Scripts and Plugins / Set column vertical alignment to middle via script?
« Last post by Gibbz on Today at 04:00:12 am »
Hey all,

Im looking for a way to change the vertical alignment setting via the python api.
I want to set it from Top to Middle.
I cant find a way to change this...
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus workflow for PDF and ePub Output
« Last post by dragonfly on Today at 12:53:03 am »
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At first glance, it might appear that Pandoc would be a replacement for Scribus since you'd be creating your source as markdown and then using Pandoc to create the appropriate output file.

I have learned that Scribus is an important stage for printed works because of its print colour profile management and being able to match printers' needs.

But Pandoc as a pre-processor stage can route content to ePub and Scribus.
It can also create presentations such as photo galleries.

I have had no hangups with Atom (even heavily configured with packages) and I would hazard a guess that memory available might be a factor in performance  (large files bogging down). The advice I gave to another user was to preview small chunks of the end document.

Scribus can also knit together multiple *.sla files. There is a thread on that topic.
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus workflow for PDF and ePub Output
« Last post by Jim on Today at 12:39:05 am »
Hi Dragonfly,

Addressing each of your points. First that Scribus is available on Linux is a plus for me. I still use Windows 7 mainly because that's where I've got the CS4 suite installed. I agree with you about there not being a Linux port of the Adobe suite of applications.

I did so some forum searching and came across a couple of threads (including the one you cite) - one of which referenced Pandoc - which I am now investigating. At first glance, it might appear that Pandoc would be a replacement for Scribus since you'd be creating your source as markdown and then using Pandoc to create the appropriate output file. I really can't say one way or the other (about bypassing Scribus) at this stage since I have zero experience with Pandoc.

Thanks for the music book thread link - I'll have to read through that one.

I used to have Atom installed but it was by far the slowest text editor on my machine and, unlike my other editors, would bog down with very large files. I wound up uninstalling it. The Pandocs Extras page at https://github.com/jgm/pandoc/wiki/Pandoc-Extras does have info about packages for other editors. 

The last bit of your response about "...generate content as assets for import by Scribus, and importantly also export to ePub all within the same workflow."  may be the solution I go with - although it would require duplication since the images I'd be using for the print version of the book would be of one size and the images for the epub version would be of a smaller size.

Thanks for your response.  Hopefully some other folks with offer some different options on this challenging issue.
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus workflow for PDF and ePub Output
« Last post by dragonfly on September 25, 2018, 11:46:42 pm »
First, I am just a user and developer (on Ubuntu 16.04) bouncing around some ideas for integrating Scribus in a project publication toolchain. Reading the Adobe discussion forums today I still see users asking for a Linux port but that is not forthcoming.

There are some threads in this Scribus forum discussing ePub (just search) and here is a recent one.

http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,2508.msg13859.html#msg13859

My personal approach is to go back a few steps in the workflow and provide content which can be piped to Scribus (for quality printing), and/or to the web. This workflow works for me.

Another recent (rather long) thread discusses the example of compiling and publishing music books - http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,3042.0.html.

If you are game for experimenting read here. Pandoc.

https://pandoc.org/epub.html

I am using Atom as my open source front end tool which through added package Markdown Preview Enhanced can pre-process markdown (including images) and generate content as assets for import by Scribus, and importantly also export to ePub all within the same workflow.
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Text and Typography / Re: Is it possible to export formatting/paragraph styles & import?
« Last post by Sparxz on September 25, 2018, 11:23:13 pm »

HI A.l.e,

I was experimenting with different templates given as examples.

I was hoping to reuse them(export->import) and also to be able to reuse my own.

It will be a great feature when done and will speed up workflows.

Thanks.
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General Discussion / Scribus workflow for PDF and ePub Output
« Last post by Jim on September 25, 2018, 09:26:22 pm »
Generally in self-publishing authors are expected to supply a PDF for the print version of their book and an ePub file for the ebook version of their book.

Since Scribus can not be used to produce an ePub file, I would like to know how authors here handle that part of their workflow.

For my part I am creating a photobook. While I do have a copy of Adobe Indesign and could use that, it seems to me that by using Scribus I can be more productive more quickly (the software just makes sense to me).

But - the single stumbling block is that Scribus can not produce an epub file.

I would love to hear how others handle this shortcoming.

Thanks, Jim.


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Text and Typography / Re: Is it possible to export formatting/paragraph styles & import?
« Last post by a.l.e on September 25, 2018, 09:10:28 pm »
It's not yet possible to export from Scribus with formatting, but i'm working on an epub exporter for Scribus 1.5...

Once it's there it will be possible to do it...

Importing is of course possible, from otf, html, idml and probably docx...
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Text and Typography / Is it possible to export formatting/paragraph styles & import?
« Last post by Sparxz on September 25, 2018, 08:11:02 pm »

Is it possible to export formatting/paragraph styles & import?

Thanks.
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Layout Issues / Re: Text Flow Around Frames
« Last post by Sparxz on September 24, 2018, 10:55:23 pm »
I have grouped an image and text frame below it.

Cannot get another text frame (with text in it), to flow around it.

Am I missing something?

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Checked since.
The missing info I needed, is the group image and text layer
'must be above' the other text layer I wanted to flow.

Solved !


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